Broad Theater

The Broad Theater at West Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Souderton is aiming to reopen this summer or early fall.

Bob Keeler — MediaNews Group 

SOUDERTON — No word on what the first movie shown will be, but the Broad Theater is looking to reopen this summer or early fall, owners Kyle Hoff and Charles Crown told Souderton Borough Council May 6. 

"We're actually submitting for the building permit this week," Hoff said.

"Hopefully, we'll start construction very soon," Crown said. 

The plans include adding new windows on the Washington Avenue side of the building, he said. 

"You'll be able to look down Broad Street and see into the theater and see stuff happening," Crown said. 

The plans are to have three screens, two on the first floor with seating for 133 each and one on the second floor with seating for 52, Hoff said. 

All three screens will be showing movies at the same time, but will have staggered start times, Crown said. There have already been requests made to rent the smaller theater space, he said.

Perkasie-based Free Will Brewing will also have a taproom at the theater.  

The theater will be putting in an application for a request to have the Souderton Zoning Hearing Board agree to grant a variance for the sign, Hoff said.

If approved, the bottom part of the sign will be V-shaped similar to older-style theater marquees, with a vertical part going above the roofline with "Broad" spelled out by light bulbs, he said. 

The variance is needed because of the vertical part going above the roofline, Borough Manager Mike Coll said. 

The theater is hoping to soon have its website up and to begin to sell memberships, Crown said.

Construction shouldn't take very long, Hoff said. 

"They're basically big, empty rooms," he said.  

Council President Brian Goshow said he appreciates the update because a lot of people have been asking a lot of questions about the theater. 

The century-old theater has been closed for more than a decade. Hoff and Crown bought it last year after Souderton Borough put it up for sale. The borough had become the owners after the previous owner defaulted on an economic development loan and there were no bidders at a sheriff sale.

In other matters at the meeting: 

• Coll said Souderton Community Pool will be opening for the summer on Saturday, May 25. Concert Sundaes start on Sunday, June 2, he said. 

• Mayor John Reynolds reported on the April 27 community clean up. 

"The weather was OK and we had a great turn-out," Reynolds said. 

There were about 65 volunteers, the borough said on its website, which also showed photos of the work, which took place at Souderton Community Park, the pool, the clock, the borough building and Chestnut Street Park. 

"Volunteers helped beautify the town by raking leaves, picking up trash, weeding the beds, and spreading mulch to enhance the community for upcoming gatherings," the borough website said. 

Lunch was provided by The Burger Shop on Main Street in Souderton, with beverages donated by Jim and Martha Leary. Jim Leary is Souderton's police chief.

Groups of volunteers included ones from Moyer Indoor/Outdoor, Univest, Indian Valley Democrats and the Souderton Charter School Collaborative, the Souderton website said. 

The volunteer clean up not only helps reduce the work borough employees have to do, but also is a good community get-together, Reynolds said. 

• Council agreed to limit parking on S. Front Street to two hours at the parking spaces at the train station project. The move is to help keep the spaces open for use by customers of the businesses in the train station or its accompanying buildings, Coll said. The two-hour restriction is only during the day, he said. Overnight parking in the spaces will still be allowed.  

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